Serial innovators in the UK:does size matter?


This article aims to shed light on the presence and importance of a significant number of small firms amongst serial innovators. Contrary to the common expectation in the innovative persistence literature, we posit that small serial innovators also benefit from operating within patterns of creative accumulation. However, it is in the quality of the technology and in the very nature of the knowledge accumulation process that the differences between small and large serial innovators can be found. Using a sample of 811 UK-based, highly innovative companies that patented over 66,000 inventions from 1990 to 2006, we find evidence in support of our theory. While large serial innovators experience higher innovation rates due to the scale of their innovation efforts, small serial innovators benefit more from processes of search depth characterized by the internal recombination of their previous knowledge. We find that important differences exist also in the very nature of the technologies being developed by small and large serial innovators.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Industrial and Corporate Change following peer review. The version of record Corradini, C., Battisti, G., & Demirel, P. (2015). Serial innovators in the UK: does size matter? Industrial and Corporate Change, 25(1), 23-47, is available online at:
Publication ISSN: 0960-6491
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Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2016 16:40
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Published Date: 2016-02-01
Published Online Date: 2015-02-08
Accepted Date: 2015-02-01
Authors: Corradini, Carlo (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-9164-4108)
Battisti, Giuliana
Demirel, Pelin



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